The World of Tel-Avi

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Time in the world is tracked according to the rotation of the Three Suns around the Plane of Earth, as they make their yearly trek through the celestial spheres.

The rising and setting of the Three Suns mark off the days. With each day being broken down into fourty-two hours, according to the Great Number, as laid out by the Cyfandiri Astrologer, Pietro Van Hubletel.

To those people unable to afford expensive time-pieces, the days are more often broken out into ten watches. Each watch consists of a span of approximately 4 hours as the astrologers recon time, and are as follows:

Watch Description
False Dawn from the first appearance of Coprenius on the Southern horizon until the rising of the Twin Suns
First Dawn from the rising of the Twin Suns to the rising of Coprenius
High Dawn from the rising of Coprenius until the Twin Suns reach their conjoined zenith
Zenith from the Twin Suns reaching zenith, until Coprenius reaches its zenith
The Burning from Coprenius zenith, until Alero begins it’s recession in the east
The Separation from the beginning of Alero‘s recession to the beginning of Remi’s recession in the west
The Cooling from the beginning of the division of the Twin Suns, until Alero sets in the east
First Dusk from Alero‘s setting in the east, until Remi’s setting in the west
True Dusk from the setting of the Twin Suns, until Coprenius once again disappears below the southern horizon
The Dark Night from the setting to the rising of Coprenius

Most people operate according to the Cyfandiri Caldendar, for the astrologers of Gaeldoch are seen as the greatest in the world. The Cyfandiri Calendar recognizes 28224 days in an Age. With each Age consisting of 42 years of 672 days each, subdivided into 42 months, according to the Great Number, with each month subdivided into 4 weeks, each 4 days long.

It is not uncommon for a person to be asked their “Age”, to which it is appropriate to respond by eighths. That is to say, a child between 0 years and 5 years and 42 weeks of growth would say they are one-eighth of an Age, while a man of 84 years would say they are two Ages.


Conversion

Because of the extended length of the days and the long passage of years in Tel-Avi, visitors from Earth (if such ever occurred) are often confused. For earthlings, the simplest, though not necessarily accurate, calculation is to figure that one Tel-Avi year equals three and one third Earth years. Note that the ages of characters in the world are calculated in Tel-Avi years, meaning that the humans of Tel-Avi live, on average, three times as long as humans elsewhere.

Despite other differences in time calculation in Tel-Avi, similarities in time-keeping technology result in Earth and Tel-Avi hours being almost identical in length.

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